Renting a van in Philadelphia can seem like the ideal solution when you need to take a road trip or travel a short distance with a medium-sized group. They are a relatively inexpensive solution that allows your group to stay together. Church groups, college athletic teams, and large families are just a few of the groups that are likely to rent vans for a day or a few days.
However, 15-passenger vans can be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reminds consumers of the fatal crashes that took place recently. A 15-passenger van was involved in each of these accidents, and the death toll reached 10 people between the two events. Because of their poor reputation, the NHTSA suggests that:
If you are planning to rent a van for your organization, you can lower the risk of having an accident and harming yourself, your passengers, or the occupants of another vehicle. The following tips can help.
Inspect the Van Before You Drive It
When you go to pick up the van from the rental shop, do a quick inspection to make sure that the van is ready for safe driving. TT University provides a checklist that you can use for quick inspections. Check items such as the tire pressure, the front and side lights, the mirrors, the horn, and the seatbelts in each seat.
Only Let Qualified Drivers Drive the Van
If you are a safe driver in your regular car or minivan, you may be tempted to simply rent a van and drive off with it. However, driving a 15-passenger van is different than driving a car. Although no specific license beyond your regular driver’s license is required, you should look for a class to help you become a better driver. If you have the chance after you pick up the van from the rental shop, drive for a few miles in the van without passengers until you feel confident that you are comfortably able to handle the vehicle.
Be Prepared for Challenges
Check the current weather conditions and the forecast before embarking on a trip, and adjust your route and driving style accordingly. In snow, ice, rain, and other inclement weather, the 15-passenger van may be more difficult to control than your regular car. Also, carry a first aid kit in the van, and make sure that you or one of the passengers has basic training. This can help save lives and reduce the severity of injuries should you get into an accident.
An accident in a van can be a serious matter, but taking these steps to prevent a collision can keep you and your passengers safe. Retain a Philadelphia van accident lawyer if you have sustained injuries in a recent crash.
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